In case you missed it, today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Have you experienced any yet?
Nope. I haven’t either.
I really didn’t expect it on the commute into work. Nashville drivers are insane. Some dude driving a jag nearly plowed into me leaving his apartment complex because he didn’t want to stop. Then on the interstate, he was driving really erratic – while talking on his cell phone. Other drivers cut me off or did their usual things on the Nashville roadways.
Then I got to work.
No random acts of kindness there either. Are you kidding me?
Aesop is quoted as saying: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
When I am finished this blog entry, I will look to do some random act of kindness myself. Just because it hasn’t happened to me doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do it myself.
So what kind of things can we do today?
- Buy a homeless person a hot drink or lunch
- Stop and actually talk to a homeless person
- Make a small donation to charity
- Open a door for someone
- Donate to your local food bank
- Send a nice email to someone
- Say thank you
- Drive friendly on the highway
- Pay it forward at Starbucks or similar store
I guess the point is to just do something kind to others. I mean, it’s pretty bad that we actually have to have a day to remind us to be kind. Shouldn’t we do this everyday? Shouldn’t this be the norm? Sadly, it isn’t. We are so self-absorbed with our eyes on our smartphones or with tunnel vision only focusing on our own things within our tunnel. Anything or anyone outside of our tunnel are insignificant and not worth our time UNLESS they can be a benefit to us in some way.
Just earlier today I was ranting about how it irritates me when people do not bother to even acknowledge my emails. It is only when THEY need something that I am acknowledged. And, if I don’t answer them right away, they are sending out a search party to find me to do what they need at the time. Yes, no random acts – or any acts – of kindness here.
So we live in a society where it’s me and my crew and YOU don’t matter unless you have something to contribute to ME.
Yes, then I guess we do need a day to remind us to be kind to the others.